Deb Ernst Memorial Mentorship Program

 


Determination Empowerment Bravery

The Deb Ernst Memorial Mentorship Program connects “mentivators” (that’s mentor + motivator) with women who seek support and encouragement as they train for the 2017 Bellin Women’s Half Marathon.

This special mentorship program is named for the late Deb Ernst, founder of InCompetition Sports in Green Bay. Deb inspired countless local women to get fit and have fun while building camaraderie and forming lifelong friendships around running. Deb passed away from cancer in May, 2016, yet her legacy of mentorship lives on.

Mentivators will work with one or more runners, sharing knowledge and providing support, encouragement and an added level of comfort during training. Mentivators and mentees may choose to train together, but it is not required. Our program is flexible and it’s about more than being training partners. 

Women who are interested in being mentored can check out our mentivator profiles below. To connect with a mentor, please fill out this survey.  

Click here for a list of our resources - for individuals or mentors.

Mentor Profiles

Amy

WHY I RUN:
I got serious about running in the months after my son was born in 2008 as a way to lose weight. It provided me a ‘plan’ to do something active on a regular basis. Over time, running has helped me deal with everything from postpartum depression to anxiety to just life. It also has introduced me to some incredibly smart, dedicated and motivated women. I continue to learn about running – and from the very diverse field of this sport – and I love the idea of being able to help others on this journey. 
 
ABOUT ME:
My running has evolved a lot over the past eight years. I previously wrote a blog called “Amy Runner,” which allowed me to chronicle my experiences as a mother and a runner and introduced me to the women behind the “Run Like a Mother” series of books. I was a contributor to the 2015 “Tales from Another Runner” book authored by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea.  I was a journalist for more than 15 years before taking a job that focuses on content creation and social media at the beginning of 2015. I may not be fast or super talented, but I often say that my super power is showing up. 

Ashley

 
WHY I RUN:

I am Deb Ernst's niece! She has inspired me to be the athletic woman I am today!

 

ABOUT ME:

I am a fitness instructor, personal trainer, online health and wellness coach.

Becky

WHY I RUN:

I used to be a person who despised running, told myself I could never be a runner, and I used my asthma as an excuse. I experienced some tough times in my life and had more frustration than I knew what to do with, so one day I decided to go for a run. I found so much freedom in running. Not only did it help me physically, but it helped me mentally as well. It was the only time I could think clearly and cope with the hand I was dealt. It was my time to talk with God and focus on healing from the hurt I experienced. I started slow, and built all the way up to a full marathon over my years of running. I never thought I'd get to where I am today (in both life and running), and I'd love for someone to feel that same victory. I am a happy married mother of two beautiful boys and I look forward to working to empower other women!                                                                    

ABOUT ME:

I'm a school counselor and I love working with the children and youth at our church!

Betsy

WHY I RUN:
I am a stay at home mom of 3 girls aged 7, 5, and 2.  I started running 8 years ago as a way to relieve stress during my mom's cancer battle.  It was life-changing! I learned through running that I was much stronger than I ever thought.  Since then running has helped me through the ups and downs of marriage, work and motherhood.  Last May my youngest daughter was diagnosed with childhood cancer and running not only helped me handle the stress and uncertainty but it also gave us a way to give back.  My husband and I organized a 5/10K run/walk and raised funds for two charities very important to us.  I'm honored to have the opportunity to share my passion for running and to help other women reach their goals and maybe even have running change their life like it did mine.  

ABOUT ME:
I am a registered nurse by trade.  My favorite distance is the half marathon.

 Julie

WHY I RUN:
I've been running regularly since age 15, although at various levels over the years.  Running has meant different things to me at different times in my life.  I run for the camaraderie of friends, however I run to get away by myself on occasion, too.  I love being outdoors in all kinds of weather and on various terrain, but I can also run on a treadmill when necessary.  I love the atmosphere and competition of a race, however, I also love running just for the pureness of it.  Sometimes running helps me de-stress, and sometimes its happiness in and of itself.  I really enjoyed training for a marathon two years ago with two good friends, even though I wasn't able to participate in the race itself.  It was a joy to do the training and spend the time with my friends without the stress of the upcoming race.  For one of my friends, it was her first marathon, so the journey itself was so rewarding.  

ABOUT ME:
I have participated in helping plan various runs over the years as well (Breast Cancer Run/Walk Committee member & Chair, Elite Athlete Coordinator for Cellcom Green Bay marathon, various volunteering).

 

Karen

WHY I RUN:

I was never a runner but at age 48 I decided to give it a try. I did it on my own but looking back it would have been great to have someone guide me through the process and someone holding me accountable. Running alone can be very therapeutic but running with someone is a different type of therapy. Speed and distance don't matter.  Setting a goal and reaching, no matter how long it takes, is what makes you a winner!

ABOUT ME:

I teach indoor cycling and strength training at the Y and run with myTeamTriumph. I didn't get into exercise until I turned 40 so I understand how scary it is to become an "older" athlete.

 

 

Laurie

 

WHY I RUN:

I was into competitive running for many years, backed away for a few years and realized how much I missed the companionship of the training runs, the mental release of mindless runs, how many wonderful moments you experience on each run.

My pace has slowed over time and now that I have learned to accept it I am enjoying running at whatever pace that day takes me.

 

 

 

Marie

WHY I RUN:
I've often called running my "second cup of coffee" as well as a time to bond with friends.  I have been running for over 30 years and have participated in over 100 events.  

I would be interested in running with a group of 2-5 individuals and would prefer to set up date and time based on mentees schedule and the need(s) of the individual(s).

ABOUT ME:
I am an educator, mother of 4 older children (2 married), grandma of a 2 year old, and passionate about helping others be fit and healthy.

 

 

 

Rebecca

WHY I RUN:
 I run for myself, it's the feeling of freedom and flying. It gives me the strength to know that I could do whatever I want.  I started running to escape and clear my head.  Deep down I was running away from it all, my fears, my stress, my everyday.  Running then gave me the strength to turn around and face it all and to look at everything in a whole new light.  My runs began as a walk.  I slowly picked up speed and strength and then I was running.  My body was changing and my outlook on life was changing.  I was becoming who I needed to be in life.  Running has helped me find who I am and discover who I wanted to be.  Life began to make sense again and I found joy and love in running.  I became a stronger woman, mother and wife!  I become who I am today by running!


ABOUT ME:
I work full time and go to school.  I have two teenage boys who also run with me.

 

Sandy

WHY I RUN:
I have been running for the past 16 years, overcoming many obstacles in life such as injuries and surgeries.  Running is a good release for me, as well as a great strength builder (mentally and physically).  I am married with 3 children (soon to become "empty nesters"). Absolutely love to run and feel it's good for the heart and soul.  Believe strongly in setting goals and doing whatever it takes to make them happen.  I like to be competitive and am willing to help motivate others to reach their goals...nothing feels better than knowing you can do what you set your mind to.  Life is full of opportunities and possibilities and I feel running helps make everything feel attainable - it gives you a sense of determination and empowerment.

ABOUT ME:
Just love to run!

 

 

Susan

WHY I RUN:
I have picked up running as a way to try to lose the "thyroid weight" I gained.  It also is a way to see improvement in my cardio and body changes easily.  As a runner for health reasons, I feel it is important to support anyone wanting to make a positive change. I look forward to supporting another woman to make positive changes in her life, and keeping those positive changes going. I have found that running puts things in to perspective, and silences all of the work stress and makes the rest of the day enjoyable and manageable and more importantly, relaxed.

ABOUT ME:
I teach yoga, am a Wellness Coach, a mom, and strive to be a positive person.

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